What is a family crest?
It’s a coat of arms that represent a house.
The Royal Family is the only one that can use the Eagle in their crest.
Military families will often use swords or spears in theirs, or alternatively,
some strong animal.
Many families use a specialty of their territory, like ears of wheat.
The former Riggsby crest was made of wheat ears.
The big taboo is using a monster in the family crest as this could be seen as
challenging the Royal Family. Note that this taboo is unique to the Kingdom,
plenty of nobles in other countries use creatures like dragons in their
I forgot to submit a family crest.
Really, what’s the purpose of a family crest?
Any document submitted to the Royal Family on behalf of a noble family must
be stamped with the family’s crest. Other documents are fine with just a
signature. Most of those documents are tax-related, but I haven’t paid the
I didn’t forget it! New aristocrats are given a tax exemption for their first
year. In that year, plans for paying tax in subsequent years must be decided
upon. Well, I think I can pay in wheat and liquor.
The King took it upon himself to submit a family crest for me and I just
received the final version from the government office.
It’s two snakes entwined with a dagger.
“Well, it’s Snakes for the Snake family.” Pat
The stamp is actually an expensive magic tool. The tool stamps using the
magic person of the person who pressed it down. This prevents counterfeiting, since
it won’t bleed or fade like normal ink.
Along with the stamp is a dagger with the crest of the Royal Family on one side
and my crest on the other side. This is proof of an aristocratic house.
I’ve started spending half a month working with my Eighth Army and the other
half in my territory. This is a common pattern for military nobles.
I’m a Count, I’ve gotten busy. I have to read and sign all sorts of documents.
Even if I don’t agree, I have to sign the Reject area of the document.
In addition, I have to travel all over the territory to check on the maturity of the
whiskey and brandy in the main brewery, sake in the other brewery, and a locally
made plum wine I named Inesh. In the former Harter territory, I started the
cultivation of sweet potatoes, I’m looking forward to those sweet potatoes.
Yep, I’m going to make shochu.
When I’m in the Royal Capital, I split my time among training with the Eighth Army,
my personal training, and occasional practice with the First, Second, or Third
armies. The other day, the King’s Guard practiced with my Eighth Army. Now even
my Uncle is calling me the Grim Reaper, which made me a little depressed.
The Eighth Army has advanced in our primary skill, running. Originally we would
run in battle uniforms, but the army is now running in full battle equipment.
I’m fully convinced that the Empire is going to declare war as soon as the
five-year non-aggression pact expires. That’s what I’m working towards with the
Eighth Army training. Well, whenever the criticism gets annoying, I gift some
whiskey to the soldiers. That cheers them up quickly.
One day, I was summoned to the Royal Castle to sit across from a certain
woman. I have seen her regularly around the Royal Castle and surrounding areas.
That’s when the King told me why I was summoned.
I hurriedly sat down and apologized. I was more surprised than when I became a Count
and a Lieutenant Colonel on the same day.
All you readers should know exactly who the other party is.
Editor Note: The fourth wall break is in the original text.